A Day on the Antarctic Shelf

During the summer months, sunlight is a constant in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean surrounding our driest continent. It was during this season, in 2016, that I had the amazing opportunity to take part in the SANAE 56 relief voyage to Antarctica aboard the SA Agulhas II research vessel as a ship-based scientist. I was…

Microplastics –Our Not so Micro Problem

  I thought I’d add some salt (pun intended) to this proverbial fresh water salad by touching on a type of ocean pollution many of you would not have heard of. When it comes to our waste ending up in our oceans, the phrase “out of sight out of mind” immediately rears it’s ugly face….

Beef: Menace to our Water Supply?

In the current water crisis, water restrictions requesting Cape Town’s residents to cut down their watering and not fill up their pools is barely slowing the rate of dam level drop. There is, in fact, a more menacing culprit responsible for water consumption: food production. The average person is unaware of how water intensive it…

Following Level 3B Water Restrictions

Did you know, everyday we can save up to 6 liters of water by simply closing the tap while we brush our teeth. Imagine all the water we could save if we all made a conscious decision to do our bit in the current water crisis. The city of Cape Town has implemented level 3B water restrictions that are currently…

Anything but the Mieliepap: Global food security crisis?

As a South African that comes from a farming community, family and friends continue to voice their concerns about the future of both our water and food security. The global population will soon be too large for the Earth to sustain. With a current population of 7.1 billion people, we already put immense pressure on…

What the 100 days of water left means for the City of Cape Town

It is no myth that South Africa is experiencing one of the worst droughts it has in years. This represents the most significant threat to our everyday livelihoods. During the panic, there have been reports from both the government and the media, that the City of Cape Town may not make it to the end…